2016 National Conference

Jami Clinton

Strength & Conditioning Coach at University of Texas at Dallas

Presentation Summary:

Caught in the vise: pressure to satisfy them all

16 years ago I set out to help athletes develop physically and mentally to win championships. I was certain I would put them in an optimal position to compete and become injury free! Over the years it’s clear to me that strength and conditioning isn’t just about sets/reps and program design. The weight room time is the easiest part. Unfortunately, not all athletes embrace training. Coaches have different parameters and demands. Many coaches, administrators, athletes, and athletic trainers aren’t educated in the realm of strength and conditioning. As strength coaches we have many hats to wear; coach, innovator, teacher, salesman, motivator and disciplinarian. Often, we get “caught in the vise with the pressure to satisfy them all!”


Jami Clinton joined the University of Texas at Dallas in the summer of 2015 as the first ever full time strength and conditioning coach. She oversees all 13 sport programs. She came to Dallas from the University of Memphis having worked with Olympic Sports, and has also served as the Coordinator of Olympic Sports at Ole Miss for 9 years. During this time she oversaw a staff that trains every sport with the exception of football and she worked directly with the volleyball, softball, and women's golf programs.

Before arriving at Ole Miss, Clinton was an assistant strength coach at the University of Alabama. During her four years there, she worked with the softball, volleyball, swimming/diving, tennis, and golf programs and also completed her master's degree in Human Performance. She began her career at Texas Christian University as an assistant strength coach in charge of the volleyball, women's basketball, swimming, tennis, and golf programs.

Clinton completed her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas. While at DBU, Clinton was a four year letterwinner for the Lady Patriot volleyball team. Clinton is a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach and is Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.